Bholaa Movie Review: An Action-Packed Entertainer by Ajay Devgn


Bholaa is an Indian action-thriller movie directed by Ajay Devgn. It stars Ajay Devgn and Tabu in lead roles, and Deepak Dobriyal in a supporting role. The movie was released on March 25, 2022, and has since been making waves in the Indian film industry. In this review, we will be looking at the movie, discussing the plot, the acting, and our overall opinion of the movie.

TitleBholaa Movie Review
Directed byAjay Devgn
StarringAjay Devgn, Tabu, Deepak Dobriyal
GenreAction, Drama
Release DateMarch 24, 2023
Running Time2 hours 23 minutes
SynopsisBholaa is a just-released prisoner who is pulled into a larger-than-life controversy by IPS Diana Joseph, resulting in a battle for survival.
PlotA just-released prisoner Bholaa is pulled into a mission by IPS Diana Joseph to save 40 high-ranking police officers and bring down an underworld kingpin. But Aswathama, the kingpin’s brother, has placed a bounty on Diana’s head, turning the mission into a full-fledged battle for survival.
ActingAjay Devgn and Tabu deliver stunning performances, with easy chemistry between them. Deepak Dobriyal’s portrayal of Aswathama is menacing.
CinematographyThe action sequences are well-executed and visually stunning.
MusicThe background score and songs add to the overall experience.
Overall VerdictBholaa is an engaging watch, with excellent performances and action sequences. The plot could have been better developed, but it is still an enjoyable experience. Abhishek Bachchan’s appearance at the end is a saving grace.

Bholaa: The Premise

Bholaa is the story of a man named Bholaa, played by Ajay Devgn, who has just been released from prison after 10 years. He is on his way home to meet his daughter for the first time, when he is drawn into a larger-than-life controversy by Tabu’s character, IPS Diana Joseph. Diana is trying to save the lives of 40 high ranking police officers and bring an underworld kingpin down. Unbeknownst to her, the underworld kingpin’s brother Aswathama, played by Deepak Dobriyal, has placed a bounty on her head, turning what was supposed to be a rescue mission, into a full-fledged battle for survival.

Bholaa: A Review

Bholaa is an action-packed movie that keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout. The movie is full of amazing action sequences and uses a lot of tropes commonly seen in Bollywood movies. However, what sets Bholaa apart from other Bollywood movies is the way it layers its characters.

At the surface, Bholaa is a battle for survival. But as the skirmishes progress, Bholaa also becomes a study in characters. It seems each clash with the villains help shed another layer off the eponymous character, giving the audience a deeper insight into his backstory leading up to the present moment. But here is where the film falters as well. While excellent in its action sequences and use of tropes, it seems that the sequential turn of events is tied together by a paper-thin plot.

The sub-plot involving Bholaa and his daughter, who patiently waits for an unknown person (him) to come meet her at the orphanage, lends to the character a subtle dimension of emotive quality, but could have been better fleshed out had the turn of events been a bit varied, a bit more brooding. For what mars Bholaa, is its use of the Hero archetype/trope. Do our Bollywood heroes always need to triumph? Can they not turn larger than the character/ film itself?

Bholaa: Acting

There can be no complaints when it comes to Ajay Devgn’s acting in Bholaa. Ajay owns the character – effortlessly slipping into an action avatar. Tabu’s take on IPS Diana is equally enthralling. Her act as the tough cop battling injuries while trying to save her fellow officers and gaslighting Bholaa into doing her bidding is what keeps the narrative flowing. The easy chemistry between the two stars, make up for much of the lax plot development. Equally good is Deepak Dobriyal’s Aswathama, who is menacing in his villainy, but is ultimately a victim of an anti-climactic ending.


Ajay Devgn, Tabu starrer Bholaa is an engaging watch, if one can get over its obviously slapdash plot. The film plays out like a bildungsroman, both externally (in the way the entirety of the movie is tied into a journey) as well as internally (the way Bholaa’s character develops) and is accentuated by some excellent fight sequences.

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